The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Gesture A form of nonverbal communication involving visible, bodily actions that communicate meaning or express an idea.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Gesture The word is derived from the Latin se gerere, “comport or behave oneself,” and gestus, “carriage of the body.” Near Eastern peoples, both ancient and modern, make extensive use of gestures to express emotion, to emphasize words, or to communicate nonverbally. Almost every available part of the
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Gestures, Postures, and Facial Expressions
gestures, postures, and facial expressions. The Bible often refers to physical postures, gestures, or facial expressions as indicative of cultural customs and of the ways through which people consciously or unconsciously express their attitudes or emotions.Prayer: Bowing or bending over is the posture
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
GESTURES. The Oriental is much more given to physical gestures than is the Westerner. As might be expected, then, the Bible records numerous gestures. These may be roughly divided into three categories: first, natural physical reactions to certain circumstances; second, conventional or customary gestures;
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
GesturesBody movements made mainly with the head, face alone, or the limbs. Gestures are one element in a larger dimension of human behavior known as nonverbal communication. If the biblical author does not explicitly mention or describe a gesture, the reader may find it difficult to imagine the gesture
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Gesturesgestures, movements of the hands and other parts of the body by which humans and other primates consciously or unconsciously express attitudes or feelings.The Bible, like other literatures from the earliest antiquity to the present day, employs words and phrases to enable readers to visualize
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
GesturesThe narration of gestures that accompany certain actions or emotions summons a vivid picture of act and actor. For participants of a given culture, the mere mention of the gesture is sufficient to communicate both a state of mind and attitude or even supply an unnamed emotion. The Bible contains
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
GESTURE<jes’-tur>, <jes’-tur>: The Oriental is rich in gestures by which feelings are expressed and force added to words. Of this we have abundant illustration in the Bible. Almost every available part of the body was employed in gesture. In salutations the whole body was bowed, sometimes to the ground
Pocket Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship
gesture. A meaningful bodily action that takes place in the worship service (e.g., *standing, *kneeling, the *sign of the cross, bowing, and the raising of *hands).
Hands, Raising of
hands, raising of. A *gesture of prayer and adoration (1 Tim 2:8). See also orans.
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
GESTURES.—Dr. Johnson defines ‘gesture’ as (1) ‘action or posture expressive of sentiment’; (2) ‘movement of the body.’ Adopting these definitions, we may consider the significance of the gestures recorded or implied in the Gospels.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
GESTURES Movements of either a part or all of the body to communicate one’s thoughts and feelings. Gestures often may involve external objects such as the tearing of one’s clothing (Joel 2:13) or the casting down of one’s crown before God (Rev. 4:10). A gesture does not have to accompany verbal speech.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
gesture. Any movement of head, hand, or other part of the body to convey meaning to an observer, as to secure his attention or to guide his action; to emphasize what is being said or is about to be said; or to express strong feeling. A variety of words and phrases convey the different actions of persons